Second Life Is Hard To Use -- Is That A Bug Or A Feature?
Second Life is hard to use. Everybody knows it. I've logged something like 20 hours on SL in the past week and a half, and I'm still a consummate klutz. SL needs to be easier to use -- but not too easy, because if it was easy, it would undercut the nature of the world and remove one of its most appealing qualities.
EV SSL: Dead on Arrival?
Research by Microsoft, Stanford says surfers aren't any safer with new Web site certification standard
Blogger Smackdown At AlwaysOn
Last night's final panel at the AlwaysOn conference in NYC, "Panel: Can Brands Get Away with 'Buzz Marketing' in the Blogosphere?", was the best session so far at this show. It was chock-full of emotion, idealism, and all the kinds of ideas you hope to see on stage at a conference.
The session was moderated by CKS Partners founder Bill Cleary and included super-bloggers Jeff Jarvis and
Mobility At AlwaysOn: If You Personalize It Will They Come?
Mobility took the stage this morning at the AlwaysOn Media conference in New York City. Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads? How can marketers capitalize on such a small space? Are cell phones too personal a space to hit with marketing messages?
The panelists agreed that a couple of factors will contibute to the success of mobile marketing. The first is the personal connection consumers have w
Clear as Spam
Real-world case of unwanted email makes you wonder if businesses, users are on the same (Web) page
PTT By the Minute?!?
Correct me if I am wrong here, but wasn't the major premise of push-to-talk technology (PTT) that it would help save people (enterprises) money by allowing them to avoid using their monthly minute allotment because they were using the walkie-talkie instead? If so, AT&T's new plan to allow customers to use PTT on a per-minute basis negates the entire appeal.
Sorry, but if I have to pay by the minute to use the PTT s
JasperSoft Adds ETL Tool To BI Suite
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence tools, unveils software for extracting data from multiple sources and loading it into a BI data warehouse
The Most Unusual Person In Second Life
Ida Keen is the most unusual person I've met in Second Life. You'll recall that the people I've met in SL include Dirjha Summers, an exotic dancer who works in a midnight city prowled by vampires and demons, along with Tateru Nino, an androgynous figure in a long robe who works in an office floating high in the clouds. Ida Keen, however, is an ordinary woman who lives, along with her husband, in an approximate reproduction of her grandmother's house on the Florida shore. She wears jeans, a sweat
Research Calls Vista 'Distraction'
Survey says, almost half of IT professionals feel that migrating to Microsoft Vista constitutes a distraction from more important issues
Luxair Standardizes on Aventail
Luxair standardized on Aventail's award-winning remote access controllers to provide its employees with secure remote access
Microsoft's Sound And Fury
You would think that, for the launch of its much-anticipated Vista operating system, Microsoft could transcend the typical hype session that companies seem to think are the best way to introduce their products. But Microsoft's vaunted Vista launch event was a bigger version of the kind of production that you usually see at trade shows such as CES or the late, lamented Comdex -- a lot of noise, a lot of lights, and a lot of sound and fury, signifying ... well, you know the quote.
Vormetric to Demo CoreGuard 3.2
Vormetric will demonstrate CoreGuard 3.2, the latest version of its flagship data security product, at next week's RSA Conference 2007
And Away We SVGo!
Yesterday in NYC the Mobile Monday organization hosted a half-day seminar on scalable vector graphics (SVG). According to the fine collection of speakers the little group huddled at the Samsung Experience had the pleasure of listening to, this tiny little computer language is promising to revolutionize the mobile web experience. Some day.
The take-away message for the afternoon was: SVG is grrrrrrate!
Hello, Vista. Good-bye Tablet OS?
In case you didn't know, Microsoft's Vista operating system launches today. Though there are 80 gazillion different versions of Vista, I didn't see any of them labeled "Tablet OS". What gives, Ballmer?
In scrolling the headlines today, I noticed a small blurb from HP about a new TouchScreen PC they are working on. You can read about it here. As I was perusing the article, I thought to myself, "Hmm, is there a Tab
Outer Limits of IPS
Anomaly- and rules-based protections are nice, but they have their limitations
IM, Therefore I Think
I ranted about AOL's extreme makeover of AIM Express last week and was gratified by the comments and e-mails from people who were quick to fill in my memory lapses with the names of instant messaging alternatives. Trillian and Gaim both have numerous supporters.
What Happens In Second Life, Stays In SL
Role-playing is an essential part of Second Life. But some people take it more seriously than others. Some people act as if Second Life really is a second life -- as if the person who exists in that virtual world really is a different person from the one in the real world.
Strange Anti-Microsoft Bedfellows
What do Brussels and Des Moines have in common? An apparent determination to keep Microsoft's competitive instincts under control that goes far beyond what Washington had the belly for.
Symantec to Acquire Altiris
Symantec signed a definitive agreement to acquire Altiris that enables businesses to easily manage and service network-based endpoints
Major Vista Facts? Please!
There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it.
C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, g
Is Palm Losing Its Grip on Business Customers?
With tight integration to back-end systems becoming more and more necessary, is Palm OS on the verge of extinction? As nifty as the Palm OS is to use, it seems fewer and fewer businesses take it seriously, opting instead for Microsoft-based platforms.
There was a time when I was addicted to my Treo 650. It was my first qwerty keyboard device, but more than that, it was my first smartphone. I loaded it chock full of contacts, synced it with my calendar, stuck some tunes and applications on there
Protegrity Joins PCI Council
Protegrity is pleased to announce that the company has been accepted as a participating member of the PCI Security Standards Council